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Edward Zakayo sets record as he also qualifies for World Championships

World U20 5,000m champion Edward Zakayo Pingua set a stadium record at the BoXX United Manchester World Athletics Continental silver Tour held on Friday (03) in Manchester Regional Arena, United Kingdom.

Zakayo who finished fifth last month at the Kip Keino Classic and holds a life time best of 13:03.19 that he got at the 2019 Golden Gala, battled for honors with the joint Dutch record holder in the 5000m, Mike Foppen, compatriot, Michael Kibet, who is the winner of the first Athletics Kenya Weekend Meeting and the 2020 Norwegian 5000m Athletics Champion, Narve Gilje Nordås.

The 20 year-old took charge of the race with two laps to go and he never looked back as he forged ahead and crushed the Stadium record with a season best of 13:13.03 which also propelled him to attain the World Championships qualifying mark.

Zakayo was followed by Foppen who crossed the line in second in 13:25.40 with Nordås closing the podium three finishes in 13:26.64.

Kibet had no option but to settle in fourth with his second fastest time over the distance of 13:28.11.

Mary Moraa gets her sweet revenge in Rabat

World Under 18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa got a sweet revenge after beating Prudence Sekgodiso at the Rabat Diamond League held on Sunday (5) in Rabat, Morocco.

Sekgodiso who is the second fastest in 800m with a time of 1:58.41 behind Caster Semenya beat Moraa last month at the Kip Keino Classic.

The 21 year-old clocked a personal best of 1:58.93, beating her previous time of 1:59.25 from last year. This time propelled her to attain the World Championships qualifying mark.

Sekgodiso who is the second fastest runner this season (1:58.41) after Anjee Wilson (1:58.18) was forced to settle in second place in 1:59.23.

The 2016 European silver medallist, Renelle Lamote from France finished in third place in 1:59.83.

Kenyans Naomi Korir and Jarinter Mawia Mwasya finished in ninth and twelveth place in a time of 2:02.14 and 2:10.27 respectively.

Beatrice Chepkoech the star to watch at Pre Classic

World 3000m steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech will be the star to watch as she faces four fastest runners over the distance at the Pre Classic Diamond League Meeting that will be held on Friday (27) in Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

The 30-year-old who holds the world’s fastest time of 8:44.32 that she set three years ago, will lead a star studded field that include Tokyo 3000m women steeplechase champion Peruth Chemutai from Uganda, the 2017 World champion, Emma Coburn from the United States, Courtney Frerichs, the Olympic silver medalist.

Chepkoech who is fresh from claiming the Kenyan women title last month with a time of 9:28.34 will be making her first international outing this season.

Chemutai made her first appearance this season at the Kip Keino Classic where she took bronze medal after finishing behind the Kenyan-Kazakhstan runner, Norah Jeruto who took the honors.

Coburn will be taking part in her first steeple since the Olympic final, where she fell over a barrier while out of contention on the final lap, crossed the finish line 14th and was later disqualified for stepping off the track amid the stumble.

Frerichs who is also the 2017 World silver medallist, lowered her American record at Pre last year when she crossed the line in a life time best of 8:57.77.

Jacob Krop beats Simiu and Zakayo in 5000m at Kip Keino

The reigning Africa junior 5,000m silver medalist Jacob Krop, beat the National champion in 5000m Daniel Simiu at the 3rd edition of the Kip Keino Classic, the World Athletics Continental Tour that is being held at the Moi Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Krop waited for final 200m to take charge of the race leaving Istanbul Half Marathon silver medallist Daniel Metaiko and Simiu as he forged ahead with a powerful kick to cross the finish line in a time of 13:12.19 with Meteiko coming home in second in 13:13.51.

I missed to make to team Kenya for the Africa Championships, but I am determined and looking forward to qualifying for the World Championship.” Said Krop

Newly recruited police officer, Daniel Ebenyo Simiu and the National Champion Ebenyo was forced to settle in third place in 13:14.51.

The 2022 Adizero Road to Records bronze medallist, Levy Kibet and World Under-20 5,000m Champion Edward Zakayo  came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 13:15.57 and 13:20.51.


5000m MEN

  1. Jacob Krop        13:12.19
  2. Daniel Meteiko 13:13.45
  3. Daniel Simiu     13:14.51
  4. Levy Kibet         13:15.57
  5. Edward Zakayo 13:20.51

Julius Kipkwony takes the 10,000m title at Kip Keino Classic

Julius Kipkwony is the man with a mission as he sets his focus towards winning a medal at the 22nd edition of the Africa championships that will be held from 08 June to 12 June in Reduit, Mauritius.

Chepkwony who trains at the Torongo Training camp in Baringo County ran away with the honors in the men’s 10,000m at the 3rdd edition of the Kip Keino Classic, the World Athletics Continental Tour that is being held at the Moi Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Chepkwony took the honors in the 25 lap race in a time of 28:28.34 ahead of Wesley Kimutai who crossed the line in second place in 28:32.09 with North Rift region 10,000m champion, Abraham Longosiwa closing the podium three finishes in a time 28:35.01.

Chepkwony used this event as part of his training and preparations for the continental championships.  “I’m so happy to have won the race and I had to run a calculative race. Winning today has given me more energy to go and work on my training endurance and speed because Africa Championships will be competitive,” said Chepkwony.


10,000M MEN

1.Julius Kipkwony        28:28.34

2 Wesley Kimutai          28:32.09

3 Abraham Longosiwa 28:35.01

I am ready for the KipKeino clash, says Marcell Jacobs

The Tokyo 100m Olympic champion, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, is the latest international track superstars to check in for Saturday’s 3rd edition of the Absa Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour Gold Label meet in Nairobi, Kenya.

Jacobs, who was forced to sprints after a knee injury saw him put aside his hopes of excelling as a Long-jumper in 2019, arrived some two hours behind Fraser-Pryce to sprinkle more star dust to the Kip Keino Classic.

The 27 year-old stunned the world when he stormed to a surprise men’s 100m victory at Tokyo 2020 Olympics last summer and is looking forward to extending his imposing form this year. He has underlined his fortitude by adding the World Indoor men’s 60m title to his collection in Belgrade, Serbia in a European Record of 6.41.

Speaking moments after his arrival, Jacobs, welcomed the challenge posed by an intimidating men’s 100m field at the Kip Keino Classic that has among others, American Fred Kerley whom he beat to silver in Tokyo and African record holder, Ferdinand Omanyala from Kenya.

“It’s fantastic, it’s amazing and it’s my first time in Africa and in Kenya. I’m happy to be here and I can’t wait to compete.

“It’s a really good competition and I can’t wait to compete,” the Italian who trains in the United States gushed. The Italian further set his sights on adding the Worlds gold in Oregon while acknowledging he has his work cut out as the man, they all want to beat following his fairy tale success at Tokyo 2020.

“I’m ready because I won the World Indoor Championship, it’s amazing for me because I’m not an early starter (to the season) and we are not training for Oregon, it’s the most important,” the Tokyo winner underlined his intentions for the season.

Jacobs who checked out at JKIA moments after midnight is the latest big name out to put their reputation on the line at Africa’s only Continental Tour Gold Label meeting.

“After the Olympics Games, I’m trying to win it all and now it’s only the World Championships outdoor that is remaining and I’m aiming for that,” the Italian underscored.

A Sprinting Showdown Looms between Olympic Champion Jacobs Against Africa’ Record Holder Omanyala

A looming showdown is on the cards between World’s best Lamont Morcell Jacobs and Africa’s finest Ferdinand Omanyala on May 7th in the 100m of the 2022 Kip Keino Classic at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani in Nairobi.

The clash is in the offing after Jacobs who is the Olympic champion confirmed his participation to face the Africa record holder Omanyala in the forthcoming Kip Keino Classic a leg of the World Athletics Diamond Tour.

Kip Keino Classic Chief Executive Officer, Barnaba confirmed the participation of Jacobs in the race in a press conference held on Sunday, May 1st, 2022 at the Athletics Kenya (AK) headquarters in Nairobi.

Jacobs and Omanyala will face Mike Rodgers, Fred Kerley and Isiah Young from the United States of America, Gift Tlotiso Leotlela and Sinesipho Dambile from South Africa and Tortu Filippo in the epic showdown.

Jacobs is the current Olympic 100m and 4×100 relays and World 60m champion.

Jacobs currently holds the 60m and 100m European records and is the first Italian to ever qualify and win the men’s 100m Olympic final.

Peruth Chemutai signs up for Kip Keino Classic

Tokyo 3000m women steeplechase champion Peruth Chemutai will be back at the 3rd edition of the Absa Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour that will be held on May 7, at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, in Nairobi.

The 22 year-old wrote history by becoming Uganda’s first woman to win an Olympic gold in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2020 Tokyo games.

All of Uganda’s 10 medals at the Olympic Games have come from men. The nation’s two Olympic gold’s before tonight had come from John Akii-Bua at Munich 1972 and marathon runner Stephen Kiprotich at London 2012.

The 2018 World Athletics U20 silver medallist Champion will be making her third appearance at this event after two unfruitful appearances.

Chemutai who is the Uganda National Record holder over the distance is also the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games silver medallist in 1500m and 3000m race.

Chemutai comes to this race with a personal best of 9:01.45 that she got at the Tokyo Olympic games.

New York and Bermuda added to 2022 Continental Tour Gold

World Athletics has added to more locations to this year’s Continental Tour calendar alongside more traditional events in Hengelo, Székesfehérvár and Ostrava.

The WA has moved out of the established European meets to New York and Bermuda which been added to the Continental Tour Gold for 2022.

This year’s calendar will see 12 different Gold events  that will start in Bermuda on May 9 and end in Zagreb on September 11.

Seven of the Gold events will take place in Europe, three will be in North America and the Caribbean and one each in Africa (Kenya) and Asia.

The two world records were set last year one by Sifan Hassan in the 10,000m at FBK Games in Hengelo on June 6 and the other one by Francine Niyonsaba in September 14 in 2000m in Zagreb.

Double Olympic and world champion Hassan erased the Olympic and double world champion Almaz Ayana’s time of 29:17.45 that the Ethiopian had set in 2016 at the Rio games.

Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey bettered Hassan’s mark two days later with a world record time of 29:01.03 on the same track

Full Continental Tour Gold Tour 2022

April 9 USATF Bermuda Games Devonshire, Bermuda
April 16 Golden Games Mt SAC, USA
May 7 Kip Keino Classic Nairobi, Kenya
May 8 Seiko Golden Grand Prix Tokyo, Japan
May 31 Ostrava Golden Spike Ostrava, Czech Republic
June 3 Irena Szewinska Memorial Bydgoszcz, Poland
June 6 FBK Games Hengelo, Netherlands
June 12 New York Grand Prix New York, USA
June 14 Paavo Nurmi Games Turku, Finland
August 8 Gyulai Istvan Memorial Szekesfehervar, Hungary
September 4 Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Silesia, poland
September 11 Memorial Borisa Hanzekovica Zagreb, Croasia

Noah Kibet sails to the finals in 800m Race in Belgrade 22

World U20 Athletics Championships silver medallist Noah Kibet lived to his expectations as he won his 800m heat one race at the ongoing 18th edition of the World Indoor Championships Belgrade 22 that is being held in the Serbian capital’s Stark Arena in Belgrade.

Kibet went to this race with a personal best of 1:44.97 that he got last year at the Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi where he took the honors.

The Kenyan sailed through to the finals with second fastest time in th heats as he crossed the line with scintillating time of 1:48.31.

“I’m well prepared for this championships and I was sure I win my first race easily. The main goal for me was to reach the final, where I’ll try to do my best and to show my indoor PB. I trained hard and physically I’m ready to go under 1:46.0. I know I’m still young and I have to perform at champs like that as often as possible to become more experienced and to feel more comfortable and confident among senior athletes” said Kibet.

American indoor record holder in the 1,000m, Bryce Hoppel came home in second place in a time of 1:48.77 with Great Britain’s Guy Learmonth crossing the line in third place.